Day #2… Poetry Challenge

A One Week Poetry Challenge

Blue China Egg  by Marie


It was a sad day in September

Everyone at Grandma’s house

    after a long tearful funeral—

Voices humming in the other room

   swapping stories

And me,

Rummaging through Grandma’s bedroom

  trying to find that perfect

  thing that would keep her alive


I found it.

The blue china egg

I plopped onto her bed

   and looked inside

It was empty

   just like my heart felt

I closed my eyes and suddenly

I remembered

Grandma in the kitchen

   baking Italian cookies

   cooking an Italian meal

And saying “coma esta Maria”

Suddenly I realized

The blue china egg

   wasn’t empty after all

It was full of

Precious memories.



My Grandma passed away when I was a sophomore in college…today when I was dusting my bedroom …and the blue china egg…all the memories of that day came back to me.  Wow…that was 21 years ago.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kevin H.
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 01:22:37

    These lines:
    It was empty

    just like my heart felt


    I have a tea cup from my great-grandmother that I still cherish and use in the classroom as an example of an object that has deep memories attached to it.

    Thanks for sharing


  2. literacydetails
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 01:42:34

    Thanks…that is why I wrote this poem…I am going to use it in my unit of study during the lessons about poems coming from our memoirs!
    Happy Sunday 🙂


  3. Stacey
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 02:26:07

    This is lovely and heartfelt. Thank you for sharing!


  4. girlgriot
    Apr 14, 2008 @ 03:58:00

    Nice. I love the image of you on the bed, opening the china egg, the idea of finding the one thing that would keep your grandmother alive for you. Beautiful.


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